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Stanley excels for Cougars

Former Lake Placid baseball standout Nathan Stanley just completed his first year playing for the Clearwater Christian College Cougars.

Stanley had an outstanding season on the diamond and has been selected to play on the Genesee Rapids, a summer collegiate team and the most recent franchise in the New York Collegiate Baseball League.

The versatile Stanley received the 2014 Coaches Award at Clearwater Christian College, playing all three outfield positions, shortstop and pitcher throughout the year for the Cougars.

He scored a team-high 27 runs and the freshman speedster led the team with 19 stolen bases.

Stanley is a 2013 graduate of Lake Placid High School and former MVP of the Green Dragons.

The New York Collegiate Baseball League is a summer wood-bat developmental league for professional baseball which was founded in 1978.

The league affords college players the opportunity to develop their skills at a higher level of play, gain experience with wood bats and be evaluated by Major League Baseball scouts.

This wood-bat league is comprised of 12 teams from throughout western and central New York State.

Teams play a 46-game schedule with games beginning in June and ending in the last week of July.

All games are nine innings with most doubleheaders on weekends. The Rapids will open their 2014 season on June 1 at the Houghton College Baseball Stadium in western New York State.

In addition to playing baseball, the Rapids, a Fellowship of Christian Athletes team, will have team chapel where players will be trained on how to make positive differences in the lives of others.

The team will be working with kids at various youth clinics, camps, and community projects during the summer. Training college players to give back to the community is part of the mission statement of FCA Baseball.

Stanley, who was selected to the Highlands Today 2013 All-Highlands Baseball Team, thanks the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Placid, the Lake Placid Noon Rotary, Thayer Eye Care Center, A Cut Above by Cathy and Kirsten, STR8UP Youth Ministry, and the many individuals who so generously have supported this summer mission opportunity.